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Nepal

Following years of conflict, Nepal is moving forward in its effort to democratize. To support the democratic development DIPD is cooperating with a steering committee consisting of the six largest political parties in order to strengthen their capacity at a district level.

Background

Nepal has experienced a turbulent ten-year period marked by violent clashes between the Maoists and Nepalese Army. Since the signing of a peace agreement in 2006, the country has taken important steps towards democratization. Still, democracy remains very fragile and the political parties struggle to live up to the challenges facing them: the capacity of the political system to deliver is low, and people’s confidence in political leaders is rapidly deteriorating.

Political parties play a key role in the profound political transformation Nepal is currently undergoing after a decade of armed conflict. To improve the ability of political parties to respond to citizens’ needs is therefore vital for a democratic and peaceful future for Nepal.

DIPD in Nepal

Six of the largest parties in the Constituent Assembly – the Maoist party, the Nepali Congress, the Communist party, and three Madhesi parties – have come together to form a Steering Committe that DIPD will work with. Each party has two representatives in the Steering Committee, which will decide on the activities. The overall purpose of the programme in Nepal is to enhance the capacity of political parties in Nepal in order to consolidate multi-party democracy and enhance the effectiveness of the political system with a particular focus on local level political organizations.

All major decisions in the project is taken by the Steering Committe and the project is managed by a Nepali project coordinator.

DIPD is developing an inspirational guide for political party organization on a local level. The guide is being based on the experiences of Danish political party organizations and is developed by a Danish working group of party operatives and local politicians from different Danish political parties. The guide will be the basis for training activities in Nepal, where Danish politicians will also participate as facilitators.

More information

Contact Shrishti Rana, coordinator for Nepal, at shrishti@dipd.org.np